It is Time for Termites, Property Tax Protests (Soon), & HVACs [[+]] Austin Area Housing Market Posts Strong February: Chuck Farr’s March 2022 “Talking Real Estate” ENewsletter

Posted by Chuck Farr on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022 at 4:06pm.

It is Time for Termites, Property Tax Protests (Soon), & HVACs [[+]] Austin Area Housing Market Posts Strong February: Chuck Farr’s March 2022 “Talking Real Estate” ENewsletter

 

Spring is here--homeowners, tenants, prospective buyers, and real-estate investors! In the news,the Austin Board of Realtors says “closed listings increased 11.3% year over year to 2,581 sales across the Austin-Round Rock MSA last month. Combined with a new record median price, which rose 27.9% year over year to an all-time high of $499,995, 2022 is shaping up to be a big year for the MSA’s housing market.” (Check the [[“Talking Real Estate” Monthly Enewsletter]] for details!)

Spring Home Maintenance: Springtime has its own home maintenance checklist in Central Texas, especially for existing property owners. Here are a few items to consider during March:

  •       I usually send out a reminder to folks in April about the termite season, but word is on the street that termites have already been seen swarming in the last two weeks. Termites are no reason to panic, but these tiny subterranean critters simply march onward until they hit wood. Consider having your property inspected for termites if you have not done so in a year or two; perhaps set up an annual plan with a pest control pro. March and April are the annual termite swarming season.
  •       It is almost property tax assessed-value protest time. And here is another reminder that if you bought a home last year and started living there on January 1, 2022, don’t forget to file your homestead exemption at your local county tax office to save money on property taxes.
  •       Get your HVAC serviced no later than May. Consider setting up a Spring and Fall annual contract to protect your investment in energy survival.

Here is the [[Talking Real Estate Enewsletter]] with always-on links to trends in national, regional, and Austin area real-estate market news. You will also see some handy articles about home buying & selling, home maintenance, taxes, and other topics. In this issue:

  •       Austin Area Housing Market Posts Strong February, Market Poised for Big Year (latest ABOR report)
  •       Five Home Décor Trends for 2022
  •       Late Payments and Credit Scores
  •       Built in, Outdoor Bar-b-que Grills
  •       Buying a Second Home Overseas

If you need more detailed information about the market in your own neighborhood or home, just let me know. I'm just a call, text, direct message, or email away and happy to give you a free comparative market analysis of your home and neighborhood.

View your current [[Talking Real Estate Enewsletter]] to see what's happening in your local market now.

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